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Badgers prepare for Big Ten tournament
UW faces Minnesota in first match on Thursday
Wisconsin (7-12, 2-9) prepares for the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., on April 24.
UW is seeded No. 11 in the Big Ten and will play against No. 6 seed Minnesota (16-8, 6-5) at 2 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, April 24. Minnesota is currently ranked No. 59 in the nation.
The winner of the match will play No. 3 seed Ohio State (18-7, 8-3) at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 34 in the nation. The Buckeyes include 92nd-ranked Gabriella De Santis and 82nd-ranked Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase, along with the 78th-ranked doubles team of Grainne O’Neill and Noelle Malley.
The seedings for the tournament are No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Northwestern, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 12 Nebraska.
The ITA national rankings are No. 13 Northwestern, No. 16 Michigan, No. 34 Ohio State, No. 42 Purdue, No. 43 Illinois, No. 48 Indiana, No. 59 Minnesota and No. 67 Michigan State.
A Look Back
UW closed out the regular season with a two-match homestand against No. 13 Northwestern and No. 43 Illinois last weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
On Saturday, the Badgers held their first outdoor match of the season against the Wildcats and fell, 7-0.
In No. 1 doubles, Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich fell short to the No. 28th-ranked doubles team of Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning, 8-3.
Chypyha was able to claim the first set against the No. 38th-ranked Veronica Corning, 6-4, in No. 1 singles, but dropped the second set, 6-3, before losing in the third, 6-3.
After defeating the No. 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky from Michigan the previous weekend, Anastasia Tripolskaya lost a hard-fought contest to the No. 43rd-ranked singles player Belinda Niu, 6-1, 7-5.
On Sunday, the weather held out for the Badgers to again play outside against No. 43 Illinois. The Badgers fell short to the Fighting Illini, 5-2.
UW celebrated senior day to close out its home schedule, honoring Bailey, who rejoined the Badgers in January to compete this year after having been a walk-on her freshman year.
The Badgers opened the day in a grueling battle, but the lost the doubles point.
Bailey, who teamed up with Rider at No. 3 doubles, fell short, 8-7, in the tiebreaker to Allison Falkin and Julia Jamieson.
At No. 1 doubles, UW’s Chypyha and Burich fell, 8-6, to Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong to finish the doubles competition.
At No. 1 singles, UW’s Chypyha dominated the first set, 6-0, against Allison Falkin. She then went on to win the second set, 6-4.
Tripolskaya claimed victory against Illinois’ Alexis Casati, 6-4, 6-1, in No. 2 singles.
Unfortunately, Bailey was unable to go out with a win, falling to Jerricka Boone in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-0.
In No. 4 singles, Patel fell short, 6-0, 6-1, to Louise Kwong.
Burich also fell short to Melissa Kopinski, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 3 singles.
In No. 5 singles, Rider came back from a first-set loss of 6-2 to defeat Misia Kedzierski, 6-2, in the second set. She then fell short in the tiebreaker, 1-0.
The Badgers finished with a 2-9 record in Big Ten play for the season. Wisconsin was able to capture 4-3 wins over Nebraska and No. 65 Iowa.
Anastasia Tripolskaya leads the team with a total of seven conference wins.
Tripolskaya won against Julia Courter of Minnesota, 6-0, 7-5, Lisa Andersson of Nebraska, 6-1, 7-5, Shelby Talcott of Iowa, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, Carmen Sandor of Penn State, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, Catherine Parenteau of Michigan State, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 and Alexis Casati of Illinois, 6-4, 6-1.
Nova Patel and Lauren Chypyha both have six conference wins.
Patel defeated Aria Lambert of Minnesota, 6-1, 6-0, Ellen Silver of Iowa, 6-3, 6-3, Alecia Kauss of Indiana, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, Nicole Robinson of Purdue, 6-2, 6-2, Taylor Shukow of Penn State, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, and Ferny Angeles Paz of Ohio State, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.
Chypyha defeated Tereza Birchacova of Minnesota, 6-2, 6-4, Maggy Lehmicke of Nebraska, 6-1, 6-2, Ruth Seaborne of Iowa, 6-4, 6-1, Katie Klyczek of Indiana, 6-4, 6-4, Daniela Vidal of Purdue, 6-1, 3-0, rtd and Allison Falkin of Illinois, 6-0, 6-4.
The Top Two
After the regular season, Wisconsin’s top two players, Lauren Chypyha and Anastasia Tripolskaya, lead the team with the record of 14-5.
Tripolskaya played most of the season at No. 3 singles, but moved up to No. 2 singles for the last four matches.
During that time in No. 2 singles, Tripolskaya claimed the most notable win of the season when she knocked-off the 20th-ranked player, Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0.
Chypyha has played the entire season at No. 1 singles where she was able to claim two ranked wins. On Feb. 14, Chypyha knocked off No. 89-ranked Rebecca Shine of No. 63 Louisville, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. She then claimed her second ranked win on March 23 when she defeated No. 88-ranked Ruth Seaborne of No. 65 Iowa, 6-4, 6-1.
Last year, Chypyha led the Badgers with 14 singles wins, including four in conference play.
Head Coach Tina Samara
Tina Samara is in her first season as the head women's tennis coach at Wisconsin after holding the same position at West Virginia since the 2010-11 season.
A two-time All-American at Georgia, Samara has 25 years of experience competing and coaching at the national, collegiate and professional levels. Samara spent five years competing and coaching on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro tour before coaching stops at Colorado, Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia.
In three seasons as the head coach at West Virginia (2011-13), Samara led a rebuilding project and recruited two of the highest ranked players in school history. Samara joined the Mountaineers tennis program after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where she guided the team to the semifinal round of the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Samara also spent two seasons (2007-08) as the assistant women's tennis coach at Colorado. In her first season at CU, the team finished 16-8 overall, its best record since 1999, and went 9-2 in the Big 12 for a share of third place. The Buffaloes closed out the season ranked No. 37 nationally, the highest ranking in eight years.
Fall Season Review
Being new to Wisconsin, Samara used the fall season as an adjustment period for both herself and her team. With five fall tournaments – Minnesota Invitational, Spartan Invitational, Wildcat Invite, USTA/ITA Midwest Regional and Longhorn Invitational – the Badgers’ overall record for the fall was 43-34 in singles and 15-27 in doubles.
Leading the team was Chypyha, who went 12-5 and earned the No. 19 spot in the preseason ITA Midwest Regional rankings. Chypyha captured the Draw A championship of the 2013 Spartan Invitational in September by posting a perfect 4-0 weekend.
2013 Season Review
The all-freshman team, except for senior Hannah Berner, finished the season with a 5-18 record including a 3-8 mark in Big Ten play. Despite their 3-8 conference record, the Badgers managed to improve their final conference standing from a 10th place finish to tying for eighth place.
Big Ten in National Rankings
Eight of the 12 teams in the Big Ten were ranked in the latest ITA College Tennis Division I Poll, released on April 15.
Women’s Team Rankings
34. Ohio State
67. Michigan State